Julie-Anne Manning studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin with Nora Gilleece and William Butt. She then moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) under the guidance of Professors David Strange and Felix Schmidt. In the course of her time at the RAM, she was awarded the overall string prize for her final recital and the RAM Diploma for an outstanding degree. 

Julie-Anne enjoys performing recitals, concertos, and taking part in chamber groups. She has performed recitals and chamber concerts in venues including the Wigmore Hall,  National Concert Hall, National Gallery, Kings Place and the Bridgewater Hall. She regularly performs with the Massey Esemble and the Rossi Quartet.

Julie-Anne has toured extensively in her career and has worked with many orchestras, including the Philharmonia, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and the Northern Sinfonia. She has performed as principal cellist of Camerata Ireland and the RTE Concert Orchestra, and was principal cellist of the European Union Youth Orchestra for two years. She also had eight memorable years as a member of the world-renowned Hallé Orchestra.

The Boyne Music Festival is an important part of her musical life, and as a founding member and Co-Artistic Director, she delights in contributing to the evolution of classical and chamber music in Ireland.